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      Crawford County Emergency Manager arrested on child porn charges

      Lawrence Akers, 63, was arrested Monday afternoon on a five-count felony warrant.

      The Crawford County Emergency Manager has been arrested on child pornography charges.

      Lawrence Akers, 63, was arrested Monday afternoon on a five-count felony warrant.

      The Emergency Manager position is appointed by the Crawford County board of commissioners for emergency preparedness.

      The Sheriff's office reports they were tipped off about inappropriate text messages between Akers and a high school girl.

      Crawford County Sheriff Kirk Wakefield says 63-year-old Akers allegedly targeted the daughter of a family friend.

      Akers reportedly brought an inappropriate picture of the minor to work. It's still unclear how he got a hold of that photo.

      ??Apparently he didn't have the ability to do that at home, so what we believe is that he brought them to work and ran them through the computer, printed them off and had the photos,?? said Wakefield.

      The sheriff says the father of the alleged victim let her stay with Akers for the past few months.

      ??I'm sure everybody else is having an issue with it too, not to mention it isn't right, but we've known Akers for so long; it kind of takes the wind out of your sails.??

      The investigation into Akers lasted over a month. Akers' home and office were searched on May 7 and computers, cell phones and other items were seized. Those items are being examined by the Michigan State Police Computer Crimes Unit in Traverse City.

      Akers is facing charges of child sexually abusive activity, recruiting a minor for child sexually abusive activity, two counts of possession of child sexually abusive material and accosting for immoral purposes.

      Akers is facing 20 years in prison, if convicted.

      He is currently out on bond.

      UPDATE: The court date for Akers has been scheduled for June 24 in Crawford County. A district court judge from Wexford County will handle the case because the previous judge recusing himself on the case due to Akers working for the county.